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N.C. Senate Candidates

Valerie Foushee (D – Incumbent) – State Senate District 23

1) What qualities do you look for in a Board of Governors candidate?

We need to bring first-hand experience in higher education to the Board of Governor’s — we need more educators and fewer CEOs. I also want to see candidates that will promote transparency and be receptive to student, faculty, and staff concerns.

2) How do you plan to promote racial equality in North Carolina and in the UNC system? 

That starts with promoting equal representation in North Carolina’s institutions, particularly the Board of Governor’s. We need leaders that understand and truly represent the communities they serve. 

3) What’s your long term plan for the UNC system and higher education in North Carolina? 

We need to continue to ensure that pursuit of higher education is accessible and affordable for every person. And we need to develop targeted programs that will train workers for in-demand industries and jobs.

4) What does an effective healthcare system look like to you?

An effective healthcare system is one that is affordable and accessible to every North Carolinian regardless of their income or zip code. Medicaid expansion is a critical part of this, as it will close the coverage gap for more than 700,000 working adults; and it will be an important tool to keep rural hospitals from closing across our state.

5) What plans do you have to boost North Carolina’s economy and address rising unemployment rates in the state?

We need to make smart investments and adopt strong policies to create, recruit and retrain good jobs for North Carolina. This includes passing a statewide school construction bond for shovel-ready projects; expanding Medicaid to help generate over 40,000 new jobs; and job training programs to ensure workers are ready to step into 21st century jobs. 

 

Tom Glendinning (R) – State Senate District 23

1) What qualities do you look for in a Board of Governors candidate? 

The qualities I would seek in a Board of Governors candidate are: breadth of life experience, education, conservatism, world view, societal awareness, involvement in community, abilities of communication, passion, and love of life, love for North Carolina.

2) How do you plan to promote racial equality in North Carolina and in the UNC system? 

I plan to improve racial equality in North Carolina by example and demanding that all people be treated equitably, while I honor the work, sacrifice, and gifts from the struggle for racial equality in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s.

3) What’s your long term plan for the UNC system and higher education in North Carolina? 

My long term plan for the UNC system and higher education in North Carolina is to remain aware of higher education systems throughout our nation and to respect and to improve the decisions of the Board of Governors, leadership of the UNC system, and the councils and departments of state responsible for our education. I am committed to keeping the dreams of Dr Frank Porter Graham and President William Friday alive.

4) What does an effective healthcare system look like to you?

An effective healthcare system is led by the private sector medical network to provide the highest levels of care, proper planning, flexibility, fiscal responsibility, research, and education. It is driven by the ultimate task of delivering patient care with far sighted vision, with the needs of the industry in mind. Healthcare is second only to the basic charge of managing government. A proper medical system will reduce costs for its patients, not rob them of life savings.

5) What plans do you have to boost North Carolina’s economy and address rising unemployment rates in the state?

More industry. The envy of the country and neighboring southern states is North Carolina’s economy. The critical task is keeping government out of its way. I will work diligently to maintain the solid performance of the legislators in the past ten years. I have fifty years experience in private sector business, two years in a local government tax department, along with volunteer organizations. This life has honed my focus on what is important and what works. Unemployment rates in the state have fallen steadily under Republican leadership. Not counting the Corona effect, there is virtually none in all state demographics. (Rule for reading that government statistic, below 4% is virtual full employment.)

N.C. House Candidates

Graig Meyer (D) – State House District 50

1) What qualities do you look for in a Board of Governors candidate?

 I would like to see candidates who have a deep attachment to the University System, a commitment to using the system for the benefit of all North Carolinians, and a commitment to equity.

2) How do you plan to promote racial equality in North Carolina and in the UNC system? 

My life’s work has been spent on building equity in K-12 school systems. I know a lot more about that than I do about higher education. But as a legislator, I can impact equity in the UNC System by supporting BOG candidates who are equity-focused, by funding HBCU’s equitably, and by setting policies that require the UNC System to use it’s considerable power to help dismantle systemic racism.

3) What’s your long term plan for the UNC system and higher education in North Carolina? 

We need our universities and community colleges to help transform our 21st century workforce. I hope that the My Future NC commission can help set a path for how we use institutions of higher education to advance our state’s well being. 

4) What does an effective healthcare system look like to you?

We need every person to have access to preventative and primary care. We need affordable access to hospital services and long-term health care like prescription drugs. 

5) What plans do you have to boost North Carolina’s economy and address rising unemployment rates in the state?

We need to extend unemployment benefits through the duration of the pandemic and economic recovery. We also need to provide direct cash assistance to the small businesses most directly impacted by the crisis. I published a column on this here: https://www.graigmeyer.com/2020/05/we-need-targeted-assistance-for-neighborhood-businesses/

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